the ship that could have been


So we have been trying to collect south park merchandise to make our living room south park themed! If anyone has any South Park merchandise they are getting rid of or wouldn’t mind donating it to us we would love and appreciate It! Depending on what it is if it is something we are really interested in we could even pay you back for shipping. Thanks everyone ♡

-Super Rhys and Wonder Adrian

anonymous asked:

I love fitzsimmons and I love the hell outta Fitz, but fuck I wish skimmons would have happened. They could have been the BEST power couple and Marvel would have a great representation of a loving LGBT relationship. Like yes shield has Joey and I love joey but he’s never in it. And skimmons would have been a gay, multiracial couple who are AMAZING. I just feel like the whole “boy gets the girl” thing has been played out so much, especially with an all white couple. Idk. I miss skimmons lmao

I feel you!!!

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending how you look at it) Joey got written out because the actor got a bigger role in something else, so they didn’t just drop him for no reason. (or so I’ve heard)

As for Skimmons, I feel kinda the same way. Fitz is my boy!! and I love FitzSimmons too (especially my own version where I get to pick and choose what to keep) but those two have such a strong friendship too it would have been a fantastic opportunity for hetero friends, and/or for Fitz to respond in a respectful way (like he did with Will) to being ‘friendzoned’ even if he still developed those feelings and Jemma did not! 

Skimmons like you said; gay AND multiracial (*gasp*) and also STILL HAS TROPEY GOODNESS like the nerd with a crush on the cool kid // rebel in love with rule follower & warrior / healer & reckless / planner & messy / neat - the list goes on!! dear lord the tropey goodness we missed out on!!

And Fitz - assuming he’s done justice in this scenario and not written as a whiney entitled manbaby - would be SO happy for his best friends!! in love!!! and so supportive!! SUCH GREAT PLATONIC OPPORTUNITIES THO

I love some of the things they’ve done with it, but I also really love some of the paths they didn’t take, and can’t now!!! ARGH

(although, I can’t help feeling Jemma would %500 defs for sure be dead by now if she and Daisy were a couple and they’d be all ~equality~ bc Trip and Lincoln and W*rd died too so I do NOT miss that one… but in a perfect world where that wouldn’t happen… skimmons tho)


stop fighting over ships

like seriously

not becuase they’re all canon but becuase they are relationships within a show. Don’t get ship bias ruin what could’ve been an amazing episode for you. You love Starco? Alright, fine. That doesn’t mean you have to have Club Snubbed just becuase of Tomstar. Don’t think of them as conflicting ships, but as characters with actual problems and romances.


anonymous asked:

Hey! Can I request a scenario for a nsfw threesome with kuroo, and his s/o inviting their best friend bokuto to join? Could lowkey turn into a poly ship. Gender neutral s/o is fine so anyone can enjoy. Thanks!!

I’m sorry this took me longer to post than I was anticipating! But I have it now and plan to spend a little time unwinding before diving back into homework. I feel like I don’t even sleep anymore, haha.

But I hope you enjoy, Anon!

P.s. my dog is sitting on my lap where and refuses to move for my laptop, so now I’m using her as a prop, lol!

It had been a conversation between the couple longer than either of them truly wanted to admit. First being brought up as a joke proposed by Kuroo, one that wasn’t supposed to gain traction when they laughed at the notion. It had always been the two of them, that was a dynamic they were both afraid of tampering with.

It was only when it was brought up again - without alcohol, without lust filled thoughts - that they agreed it was something they were willing to try. The scary part was Bokuto. Neither of them wanted to make the loving man uncomfortable nor did they want to force their friendship into a corner it would never recover from, especially Kuroo.


A pause. “What?” The couple questioned in unison.

Bokuto laughed, a smile spreading wide across his face. “Sure. Why not?” he shrugged as he took in their incredulous expressions, understanding their lack expectation for a positive response. “I’m not seeing anyone and I love you guys, so yeah, I’m down.”

The night came sooner than any of them anticipated, their eagerness to experiment unable to keep them from waiting. Hands found unfamiliar skin and lips caressed against necks that craved the new sensation. Their head fell back against Kuroo’s shoulder, his hands helping to guide them over Bokuto, his voice encouraging in their ear as they sunk over him. Their body shuddered and a groan was ripped from them, quickly echoed by the two men.

It was hot, sticky, and clumsy between the three sets of limbs. But a feeling they hadn’t expected washed over them as their body stretched and yearned to accommodate both of them inside: a feeling that this was how it was always meant to be.

Bokuto stayed over that night. Body heavily sinking into the mattress as he quickly succumbed to the sleep he surely desperately needed after everything they had done. Kuroo sat with his back against the headboard, his hand drawing careful circles along their bare back as they rested their head in his lap. Both of their gazes rested on their sleeping friend turned… what?

“I, uh…” they trailed away, unsure to explain the emotions swirling within their chest.

“Yeah,” Kuroo spoke up, “I felt it too.”

Shifting until they could properly meet with his eyes, they worried at their bottom lip. This was something they hadn’t anticipated on and now they had to decide how they were going to move forward. “What if… what if he hates us?”

Taking their face between his hands, he leaned until their lips pressed delicately together. There was both gentle reassurance and a fear that they both carried within that kiss. “We’ll talk to him when it’s right.”

“Okay,” they whispered in return before settling back against Kuroo’s side. Their gaze returned to Bokuto, their hand hesitatingly reaching until it found his fingers. They hoped against all odds that they hadn’t messed this up.

She must have fallen asleep again. She was still warm, but the light was different than if she had still been in the living room. Something solid was at her back, and she could feel someone rubbing soothing circles with their thumb on the bare skin of her hip, just under the hem of her shirt. She opened her eyes to see light shining in the somewhat unfamiliar room. It seemed to still be early. He placed a few kisses on her neck,  his other hand playing with her hair. She sighed contentedly. She was drifting off again, and would have, if there had been less pressure on her bladder.

She attempted to rise, but he snaked an arm around her waist, pulling her back against him. He threw a leg over her hip and nuzzled against her neck. She sighed again.

“It’s too early,” he murmured. “Don’t take away the warmth.”

“I need the loo.” She twisted around to face him. He didn’t move. “Badly.” 

He had tensed when she moved and now dropped his face to the crook of her neck. His arm and leg were still around her, gripping her tightly as her fingers ran across his chest and up to his hair. He grumbled something against her neck.

"What was that?”

Instead of releasing her or answering, he began kissing her neck, sucking on her collar bone with far more intensity than he had before. Her breath caught as his other arm wrapped around her, skimming down her side and resting on her hip. He finally pulled her on top of him and pressed his lips to hers. It was then that she realized why he had tensed up when she moved. She smirked into the kiss, deepening it until he groaned. He pulled back and pressed his face into her neck again.

“I said you bloody well had better hurry up then,” came his muffled voice. “So do I.”

It was her turn to smile, into his chest. She could used to this.

And she did.

anonymous asked:

Leon and Hope actually openly sharing affection for each other

Leon was tired, he’d been screaming commands for hours and his throat ached. He could feel the pain from the wound in his thigh and his chest, but he was far better at healing himself than El was.

He froze in the wreckage of his ship. He hadn’t even thought about El, he’d been too focused on the battle, and when he’d left his quarter’s she’d still been unconscious and having difficulty breathing, suffering from serious blood loss.

Heavily booted feet ran from one end of the ship to the other and he was sure that his crew stared when he entered the quarters and almost took a shot to the head.

“You know,” Elpis intoned in almost a wheeze, “the last guy wasn’t quite so lucky.”

Leon looked down to the Red Coat, eyes blank and unseeing before looking back to her, relief pouring out of every pore.

“I’m not dead yet,” Elpis grinned and he made his way to her side and carefully wound his arms around her. She patted his back comfortingly. “I hear the Siren is going to meet the Concorde…something about my crew worrying about me, but I told them I was in good hands, regardless.”

He leaned back and gave her a look over, from the bloodied bandage at her stomach to the one around her arm.

“I’ll be fine,” Elpis assured him, “Death likes me too much.”

“I don’t think that’s it,” Leon informed her, rolling his eyes, and she almost laughed.

Quiet Day - Entry # 16 - Ceruleum

It could never just be a quiet day at work. Oh no, some one had to make sure that Gabriel’s quiet, relaxing afternoon never went as planned.

He sighed heavily, and rubbed his face as he strode purposefully down the pier to the ship that had docked without waiting it’s turn and was quickly unloading it’s cargo. As Gabriel made his way down, his pace slowed and his brow raised with suspicion. The roegaydn carrying the large boxes certainly weren’t rushing it, even though they seemed to be in a hurry.

“Gentlemen, You cannot leave your cargo here. Your ship has not been cleared yet, you are not authorized to unload anything. I will have to ask that you make sure that all of these crates are loaded back onto your ship.” he stated loudly and clearly so that all there could most definitely hear him.

Yet, none of them stopped what they were doing and continued in unloading their crates despite his words. he sighed again and opened up his grimoire, summoning with practiced speed, his emerald carbuncle who emerged from the aether with  a small flip onto the dock.

The small creature’s nose immediately started twitching as it made it’s way over to the crates, jumping up and down in front of them to get Gabriel’s attention. Not that it needed to as Gabriel watched it intently. “Gentlemen, you will tell me what your cargo is or I will have to summon the yellow jackets.

Still no answer. The last crate was left on the dock as the men then scrambled away from the ship and the pier as fast as they could. That didn’t bode well. It was only a moment later that the carbuncle gave another flip, it’s tail poofing up in alarm as two Grenade voidsent made their way off of the ship and went straight for one of the crates, cracking it and spilling ceruleum everywhere.

Gabriel sighed again, rubbing the bridge of his nose. It really just never could be a quiet day.

tagged by @russian-cyborg-lesbian

The goal is to tag 9 people you want to know better

1. Relationship Status: as single as a one hit wonder

2. Favourite Colours: red and black as a combination, certain shades of purples, greens, and blues

3. Lipstick or Chapstick: lipstick cuz tbh i look fuckin great in it

4. Last Song: 'High’ by sir sly

5. Last Movie: boutta be Justice League

6. Top 3 TV Shows: Rupauls drag race, weeds, and parks and rec cuz i could watch the 3 over and over

7. Top 3 Ships: Fuck like… Idk Harley and Poison ivy but that shits standard, all the ones from parks and rec cuz that shit seems cute, and tbh i believe in a different time ‘Friends’ could have been a show about 2 lesbians, the gay guys across the hall, and their cooky aunt Phoebe…Ross is either dead or the straight friend that exists for 1 season and then goes away.

i’m tagging some cool ass mutuals: @nycturnal @clockwisebadness @hannibal-the-cannibal-fannibal @friherre @pixieblo0d @mustard-queef @r2-danger-d2

(Sorry if i left anybody out i have stoner brain and these folks came to mind)


Couple of assorted haikyuus

will byers is gay: a thorough character analysis

disclaimer: this is not me “forcing sexuality” on will. if you think him being gay is inappropriate but have no problem with mileven and/or lumax (who are all the same age as will), i’ve got some news for you.

Keep reading

Prompt #158

“Is there a reason my bathtub is filled with a full gallon of blood and glitter?”

“Okay. I have a really good reason for the blood but I have no idea where the glitter came from”

My piece for the Style!!! on ICE zine! I wanted to play with some 1950′s fashion and I thought the fun colors, patterns, and silhouettes fit Mila and Sara perfectly. Thank you so much to @styleoniceartbook for having me and organizing this amazing project!! ♡

I’m really tired of people disregarding Keith and Lance (or any gay ship in general) just because they don’t think it’s possible for two boys to have a possible canon relationship in 2017.

This show is apart of Dreamworks, it’s a kid’s TV show, so that means they’re not gonna be shoving gay content down kid’s throats, because they know how sensitive of a topic it is still to some people. But that doesn’t make it any less possible for something to happen. Most of the creators of Voltron came from LOK and what did they do? They literally left Korra and Asami’s relationship to the last minute and it was nothing more than them holding hands. Except their whole relationship developed well over time and it still meant something.

This isn’t some heterosexual relationship that they can put so obviously in the show since so many kids are used to seeing that from the get go, but they can put small moments and hints to give an indicator. 

There have been subtle moments between Keith and Lance that I find hard to view as them “just being friends”, and even though it’s more from Keith’s side it’s still important.

But let me emphasise, if anyone ever saw a boy and a girl in this situation they would think almost immediately that there is something romantic between them, and this isn’t even a stretch:

If they showed Keith smiling at a girl like this, people wouldn’t even hesitate for a second to think he had a crush on her:

If a boy and a girl made fun of/teased each other as much as Keith and Lance did, they’d immediately think it was flirting. 

So why disregard it just because it’s happening between two boys? And I know people are also disregarding it because it’s canon that Lance likes Allura. That’s been an obvious fact since season one, but even if it doesn’t happen, Lance can’t like boys either? That’s literally not even an option on the table for some people because they want their straight ships to sail into the sunset.

The producers/creators said that they’d give us some sort of LGBT rep in the show, and it could be between/through anyone, but from the huge af hint Lauren gave us here, it’s either Lance or Shiro are one of these reps, and it could even be both. It doesn’t even have to be limited to just them (because I strongly believe my son Keith is not straight).

So why not just embrace it already? That two boys or girls can fall in love, that it’s OK to have a canon gay relationship in a show. It’s happening, it has already happened in many other shows, so let’s just accept it. 

Livestreaming//Finn Wolfhard x reader

Fuck so this is my first ever imagine here and I apologize if it’s shitty yikessss. 

Thank you for 200 followers by the way! This is my gift from me, to all of you. 

Warnings: None lol, just pure fluff

You and Finn have been best friends for almost two years now. You guys first met on the set of Stranger Things and since then you have been inseparable. You guys got a long so well that sometimes people mistake you two as a couple. You and Finn are aware of the fans shipping you two and you honestly didn’t mind because well, you like Finn. I mean, what’s not to like about him anyway? He’s sweet, caring, and kind. What more could you want?

Millie was the first one to notice that you liked Finn. You didn’t know how because you made sure to not be obvious about it. Millie was great at reading people, she considered it as one of her talents. She always pushed you to tell Finn about your feelings for him because she believes that Finn felt the same way. You didn’t believe that though, it was crazy. How could Finn Wolfhard like you? It was just too wild so you constantly brushed that idea away whenever it came up.

After promoting season two of Stranger Things, you and the rest of the cast were given a break. Finn invited you to spend the break with him in Vancouver to which you happily accepted. 

“Can you get your foot off of my face? Gosh you dick.” You said jokingly as you pushed Finn’s foot away from you face. You guys were laying opposite from each other on Finn’s bed, just hanging out and talking about random things. 

“You’re so rude.” Finn replied as he continued to place his foot on your face. 

“Says the person constantly placing their foot on my face.” You rolled your eyes playfully as you continued to push Finn’s foot away.

“Hey I know,” Finn suddenly bolts up and sits down, “We should do a livestream! We can sing together and answer questions!” Finn smiled as he proposed his idea to you. 

“I’m okay with livestreaming, but can we not sing? I don’t even sing well.” You said you continue to lay down on Finn’s bed. Finn loves the way you sing, he’s been trying to get you to sing with an audience, but you weren’t so keen to the idea. That doesn’t stop him from suggesting it every once in awhile though. 

“Oh come on, Y/N! You sing great, I wouldn’t be constantly bothering you to sing if you weren’t good!” Your best friend said as he shook your leg, “Come on pleaaasssseee?” 

“Fine, just one song though.” You say as you sit up. 

Finn smiled so widely which caused you to smile too, his smile was contagious. 

“That’s enough for me.” Finn got out of his bed to go get his guitar. You grabbed your phone which was placed on Finn’s night stand and opened Instagram. In a few minutes, Finn was back with his guitar. He then sits beside you and you give him your phone. Finn quickly switches out of your account to his account and he then starts the livestream. Viewers rolled in the stream in no time. He then places your phone on his nightstand so he didn’t have to hold it during the stream. 

“Hey guys so, Y/N and I decided to livestream because we’re bored and guess whattttt.” Finn said and comments saying “What” started pouring in. “Y/N and I are going to be taking song requests so go ahead and request!”

“Uhm requests? I thought we agreed on doing only one song?” 

“Sorry nope, change of plans Y/N, we’re singing our heart out today.” Finn said with a teasing wink which made you roll your eyes. 

“Why are you like this? You’re so annoying.” You said while jokingly pushing Finn away from you.

“You love me though.”

“No I hate you.”

You both didn’t notice but every time you spoke to each other, the closer you sat together. With every word spoken, you and Finn scoot closer to each other.


milliebobbybrown: you guys are so cute!!!!

wyattoleff: “we’re just friends!12!!!21212!1″ 

jackdgrazer: just date already smh

You and Finn leaned in closer to your phone’s screen and read everyone’s comments. 

ahoeforstrangerthings: okay but every time they talk, they scoot closer to each other fuck THIS IS THE TYPE OF CONTENT LIVE FOR

You and Finn both read the same comment and quickly scooted away from each other. You tried to play it cool, but you were slowly losing it. Your hands were getting clammy and your heartbeat was slowly rising. Finn on the other hand was blushing crazy.

“OKKKKAYYY, so a lot of people requested for Girl Crush by Little Big Town so we’ll do that.” Finn said while getting his guitar ready, you quickly look at him and saw that his face was red. You cleared your throat and started singing as soon as Finn strummed the first chord to the song. Finn would harmonize with you every now and then.

dontfuckpennywise: funny how Finn chose to do this song ;)

sophialillis: you guys sing so good together damn sOMEOEN GIVE THEM A RECORD DEAL

A few minutes later, you and Finn finished singing the song. Everyone was cheering in the comments which made you smile. 

“Alright that’s enough songs for today, I told Y/N we’d only do one song. Don’t worry though, I’m going to try and convince her to do more song covers in the future.” Finn teased as he turned his face towards you to give you a smirk. 

“That won’t happen sir, not on my watch.” You reply while smiling at Finn. You two kind of stared at each other’s eyes for a few seconds. There was this electrifying feeling coursing through the both of you, but you didn’t know why you felt that way. 

uncle_jezzy: electricity


(YourShipName)isreal: JOE APPROVES

Finn looks through the comments again and sees Joe Keery’s comment, he turns red as he mouths the word ‘electricity.’ You choked on your saliva as you read Joe’s comment, but you played it cool by acting as if you were just coughing.

“Okay we’ll take questions now, go crazy but not too crazy with the comments you guys.” You say as you looked at your phone screen searching for good questions.

gatenm123: i miss you guys!! when are you guys planning on visiting me? :DDDD

“We miss you too and we’re planning on visiting you for sure, Gaten. We just don’t know when yet. We’ll let you know.” Finn said and you nodded in agreement. 

cuddlesand(YourShipName): are you guys dating? ;)

“NOPE! JUST FRIENDS!” You and Finn said simultaneously as you came across the question from @//cuddlesand(YourShipName). You found it quite interesting how the both of you replied at the same time at the same comment, but decided to dismiss it. Surely it was just a coincidence, right?

“I’m so cold what the hell? Can you change the temperature of thermostat please?” You asked Finn as you rubbed your hands on your arms in an attempt to warm yourself up.

“The thermostat is all the way downstairs, that’s a lot of work. Here just-” Finn turns around and tugs on his bed’s comforter, “Here.” Finn covers the both of you with his comforter which helped with the temperature situation. 


“Yeah, better. Thank you, Finnie.” 

“Stop that.” You laughed as Finn rolled his eyes as a joke, he secretly loved when you called him Finnie.

The fans freaked out, both of you were sure that there will be edits of you two all over the internet after the livestream and you didn’t mind at all.

thestrangestofthings: are you guys sure that you’re just friends? I mean come on!!! Look at you guys!! 

As you read @//thestrangestofthings’s comment, you couldn’t help but remember Millie’s advice: “Just tell him how you feel Y/N.” Millie’s voice echoed inside your head.

“Finn doesn’t like me like that, you guys.” You say as you effortlessly hid your disappointment, you were an actor after all.

“What if you’re wrong?” Finn suddenly blurted out while turning towards you and looking at you straight in the eyes.

The comments section exploded.

“What do you mean wrong? I… I don’t under-”

“Well, what if I do like you, Y/N? What if I told you right now that I have liked you for two years now? What if I told you that when I first met you, I immediately liked you, and not just friend like, you know… like…like.”

You stared at Finn, tears of joy threatened to spill out of you as you stared at each other. You couldn’t believe what he was saying, there was just now way.


therealcalebmclaughlin: I owe The Duffer Brothers $20 

sadiesink_: @//therealcalebmclaughlin you and the duffer brothers were betting? lollllll

You slowly processed everything that Finn just said, it was hard for you to accept it but slowly you digested the new information.

“Well Finnie, what if I told you that I too have liked you for about two years now.”

therealcalebmclaughlin: we been knew sis

noahschnapp: this is old news 

mikessweaters: LMFAO CALEB IM CKMKFGdfdf

If smiles could actually melt a person, you would be melting now. Finn was beaming at you. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He couldn’t believe that the girl he has liked for two years feels the same way. Never in Finn’s wildest dreams thought Y/N would ever feel the same way. To Finn, this whole thing felt like a dream.

beepbeeptozier: get you a man that looks at you the way Finn looks at Y/N

Finn scoots closer to you and you do the same causing the small gap between you two to disappear. You were dangerously close to each other now, but you both didn’t seem to mind. In fact, you liked how close you were. You faced each other your foreheads touching.


Finn gently places his hand on your cheek and begins to lean in. The next thing you know, you were also leaning in. 

jaedenwesley: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

milliebobbybrown: oH MY GOSH

Before you two actually kissed, your phone falls off Finn’s nightstand. You were glad that that happened. you didn’t want three thousand or more people to watch you and Finn kiss. You felt selfish for wanting to have that moment all to yourself, but you didn’t care. All that matters now is that your best friend feels the same way and that Millie was right all along. 

The kiss felt magical, all the cliche story or movie descriptions of how a kiss should feel like were actually accurate. You felt sparks everywhere and you felt like you were going to explode. The world stops for a second or two and it was just you and Finn for a little while. A few seconds later, you and Finn pull away from each other. 

“Holy shit.” said Finn while smiling from ear to ear.

“Holy shit indeed.” You reply with a giggle. You quickly pick up your phone from the floor and looked through the comments: 

gatenm123: bet you they kissed

jackdgrazer: of course they did @//gatenm123 no doubt about that ;)


sophialillis: pay up @//chosenjacobs

“Alright thanks for watching you guys! Sorry about that whole mess… yikes.” You say as your face flushed. 

“We’ll do another livestream tomorrow, we’ll sing more songs, I promise. Bye!!!” 

Before Finn ended the livestream there was one more comment:

dkharbour: no funny business after this livestream. You know what I mean.

From Microscopic to Multicellular: Six Stories of Life that We See from Space

Life. It’s the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we’ve discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. During the week of Nov. 13-17, we are sharing stories and videos about how this view of life from space is furthering knowledge of our home planet and the search for life on other worlds.

Earth is the only planet with life, as far as we know. From bacteria in the crevices of the deepest oceans to monkeys swinging between trees, Earth hosts life in all different sizes, shapes and colors. Scientists often study Earth from the ground, but some also look to our satellites to understand how life waxes and wanes on our planet.

Over the years, scientists have used this aerial view to study changes in animal habitats, track disease outbreaks, monitor forests and even help discover a new species. While this list is far from comprehensive, these visual stories of bacteria, plants, land animals, sea creatures and birds show what a view from space can reveal.

1. Monitoring the single-celled powerhouses of the sea

Known as the grass of the ocean, phytoplankton are one of the most abundant types of life in the ocean. Usually single-celled, these plant-like organisms are the base of the marine food chain. They are also responsible for the only long-term transfer of carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere to the ocean. 

Even small changes in phytoplankton populations can affect carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, which could ultimately affect Earth’s global surface temperatures. Scientists have been observing global phytoplankton populations continuously since 1997 starting with the Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of View Sensor (SeaWiFS). They continue to study the small life-forms by satellite, ships and aircrafts.

2. Predicting cholera bacteria outbreaks

Found on the surface of zooplankton and in contaminated water, the bacteria that cause the infectious disease cholera — Vibrio cholerae — affect millions of people every year with severe diarrhea, sometimes leading to death. While our satellite sensors can’t detect the actual bacteria, scientists use various satellite data to look for the environmental conditions that the bacteria thrive in

Specifically, microbiologist Rita Colwell at the University of Maryland, College Park, and West Virginia University hydrologist Antar Jutla studied data showing air and ocean temperature, salinity, precipitation, and chlorophyllconcentrations, the latter a marker for zooplankton. Anticipating where the bacteria will bloom helps researchers to mitigate outbreaks.

Recently, Colwell and Jutla have been able to estimate cholera risk after major events, such as severe storms, by looking at satellite precipitation data, air temperature, and population maps. The two maps above show the team’s predicted cholera risk in Haiti two weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit over October 1-2, 2016 and the actual reported cholera cases in October 2016.

3. Viewing life on land

From helping preserve forests for chimpanzees to predicting deer population patterns, scientists use our satellites to study wildlife across the world. Satellites can also see the impacts of perhaps the most relatable animal to us: humans. Every day, we impact our planet in many ways including driving cars, constructing buildings and farming – all of which we can see with satellites.

Our Black Marble image provides a unique view of human activity. Looking at trends in our lights at night, scientists can study how cities develop over time, how lighting and activity changes during certain seasons and holidays, and even aid emergency responders during power outages caused by natural disasters.

4. Tracking bird populations

Scientists use our satellite data to study birds in a variety of ways, from understanding their migratory patterns, to spotting potential nests, to tracking populations. In a rather creative application, scientists used satellite imagery to track Antarctica’s emperor penguin populations by looking for their guano – or excrement.

Counting emperor penguins from the ground perspective is challenging because they breed in some of the most remote and cold places in the world, and in colonies too large to easily count manually. With their black and white coats, emperor penguins are also difficult to count from an aerial view as they sometimes blend in with shadows on the ice. Instead, Phil Trathan and his colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey looked through Landsat imagery for brown stains on the sea ice. By looking for penguin droppings, Trathan said his team identified 54 emperor penguin colonies along the Antarctic coast.

5. Parsing out plant life

Just as we see plants grow and wilt on the ground, satellites observe the changes from space. Flourishing vegetation can indicate a lively ecosystem while changes in greenery can sometimes reveal natural disasters, droughts or even agricultural practices. While satellites can observe plant life in our backyards, scientists can also use them to provide a global picture. 

Using data from satellites including SeaWiFS, and instruments including the NASA/NOAA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, scientists have the most complete view of global biology to date, covering all of the plant life on land and at the surface of the ocean.

6. Studying life under the sea

Our satellites have helped scientists study creatures living in the oceans whether it’s finding suitable waters for oysters or protecting the endangered blue whale. Scientists also use the data to learn more about one of the most vulnerable ecosystems on the planet – coral reefs.

They may look like rocks or plants on the seafloor, but corals are very much living animals. Receiving sustenance from photosynthetic plankton living within their calcium carbonate structures, coral reefs provide food and shelter for many kinds of marine life, protect shorelines from storms and waves, serve as a source for potential medicines, and operate as some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.

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humans are terrifying, and i wrote a story about it

humans look absurdly like predators to the first species we meet. so much so that the standard practice becomes to cover ourselves almost head to toe to avoid terrifying every diplomat we come across. our eyes remain uncovered, but pretty much everything else stays hidden. my story follows a scout group, mix of thrak’yans (a photosythesising species) and humans, when they encounter a predator and are forced to flee. Thrak’yans look vaguely humanoid, but are incredibly thin and fragile - they’re essentially sentient trees. they have pale green skin and what look like long, flowing robes but are actually huge stretches of leaf that they can use to gain more energy from the sun. on their planet, Son’uu, their main predators were hunted into extinction long ago (a prerequisite for their civilisation), but they still have instinctive fear of anything with teeth or fur.


Jess had been training to work on this research vessel for years - learning the language, studying the culture, and prepping for zero-gravity inter-shuttle trips. There was no-one at the Galactic Port readier than she was to leave Earth that day.

Thrak’yans were a skittish race, to say the least. She’d been briefed on all the protocols; as the only human on the vessel, she was to always wear her coverings, reveal her face only in her quarters, speak softly, and move slowly. Giving humans a reputation as the “intergalactic warrior death species” wouldn’t be entirely inaccurate, considering they were the only known sentient predator species in the contacted universe, but it wouldn’t be helpful to their ambitions to enter the senate as a budding quadrant trading power, either.

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A species of warlike creatures, the dryzal, were the first to notice the humans, to them we were nothing but a bunch of hairless rats with a collective ego big enough to power an entire empire for several generations.

They took great humor in crushing us, so much so that they gave us fair warning. And that was their biggest mistake.

When they made landfall they were not greeted by an army of any kind, instead they found a small team of politicians. The Dryzal were astonished, they had even warned these beings of their presence and all they sent were people tried to talk, not to fight!

The admiral decided to humor these beings and discuss their terms of surrender, but when the human negotiator walked in, he was smiling!

“Good morning Admiral, how are you today?”

“Ready to crush you beneath my boot you puny rodent! Now stop with your useless babbling and get to business before I command my fleet to bomb your planet into submission!”

“If you wish. To put it simply you believe that you are in a superior position to us, it is my job to correct this assumption and inform you about the true hellhole of a position you put yourself in.”

At this point the Admiral was more than enraged. He had been insulted by this species again and again, and this show of bravado was the last straw.


“For starters” the politician smiled “We have enough nuclear weapons stored on in this military base alone to wipe your species out of our system, but that would be too easy. While we’ve been talking, teams of commandos have infiltrated your command ships and have taken complete control.”

He continued with a type of angry calm unknown to the dryzal “From the information we gathered from the onboard computers, we know exactly where your homeworld is and with your ships it will be absolutely no issue getting there. If you harm a single occupant of this planet we will turn every one of your weapons against you and glass your planets.”

The dryzal laughed, after all there was no way these pasty beings could have accomplished any of these feats, right?

Just to prove that the human was mentally unstable, he pulled out his communicator “Admiral Joz to Planet Eater, respond” But the com stayed silent. “Humph” he said “your sun’s solar flares must be interfering with our communication systems”

“Perhaps” said the politician shrugged “or maybe I’m right.” At this he pulled out a radio of his own and said “two shots”

The Planet Eater fired off two wide bore lasers into space, easily noticeable from the window of the building.

NOW the Admiral was listening

“What are your terms?” He asked, clearly defeated

“Leave everything behind and pack all of your troops into unarmed transports, go back to your empire and never return.”

The legend of the Humans spread quickly, and they were quickly both feared and revered as the destroyer of worlds and the freer of species. They were warriors, and nobody dared test that again